Collecting localities



Biographical data


Gimlette, John Desmond


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1867, Southsea. Died: 1934, Cheam, Surrey, England.



Appointed Surgeon Magistrate, Selinsing, Pahang (Malay States) in 1886; he resigned government service to join the Duff Company in 1903. From that year he worked in Kelantan for the remainder of his stay in the East; from 1908 in government service again (Apr. 1915-Aug. 1918 he served in the war); retired in 1921.1

He is commemorated in Cyriandra gimlettei Ridl.


Collecting localities:

Malay Peninsula. Kelantan: Kuala Lebir (1903-09), Kota Bahru (from 1909 onwards).



Herb. Sing. [SING]: plants with economic interest (cf. Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5).



(1) Author of many papers and some books on native medicine, viz ‘Malay Poisons and Charm Cures’ (London 1915, and later editions); ‘A dictionary of Malayan Medicine’ (with H.W. Thomson, 1939); etc.


biographical data:

Journ. Mal. Br. Roy. As. Soc. 122, 1934, p. 184; Journ. Bot. 72, 1934, p. 176; Nature 133, 1934, p. 900-901.